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Tags: notary sojac!
My name will not be on this space car|
So when I first saw this submission to have your name on a DVD sent with the planned MAVEN Mars probe, I submitted mine, then, reading the rules for the message contest, decided to ask why they had chosen not to allow haiku in Japanese. After a few exchanges of emails, I got ( the following final answer (cut for length)Collapse )
This puts me in a bind, because I don't write Japanese. (My reason for not wanting my name is on principle grounds, not because I wanted to submit a haiku in Japanese for the contest.) But I know several people reading this do, so I'm turning to them for help. Further, in an attempt to drive my point, instead of haiku, I'd like to provide the NASA people with limericks in Japanese. Any takers?
Tags: call for volunteers, language, what planet are you from?, world views, writing
Fuck, fuck, fuck.|
Everyone reading this and their family/friends/etc OK?
http://google.org/personfinder/2013-boston-explosions/ (thanks to diego001)
To the clueless wonders who thought the pics of women on http://www.ipv6buddy.com/ were a good idea|
(Emailed and posted here)
I have news for you: they're not. Actually, if you had tried to sabotage that product's image, you couldn't have done better than this. Let me explain:
Looking at the pictures, it's unclear to me whether the women are genuine network engineers or just... hmm, whatever you call the equivalent for photo ads of booth bunnies for trade shows that have them (which, unfortunately, is probably a very large majority if not all of them).
I can see 3 possibilities, listed below in order of decreasing plausibility to me:
1- They're models or booth bunnies posing for what are basically cheesecake pictures. With that amount of cheesecake per bit of useful information, I have to wonder: are you selling any Lactaid on the side? Is that your business model?
2- They're genuine network engineers/technicians/admins that you somehow tricked, pressured, or coerced into posing for those pics. If true, that's demeaning to them and to women working in technical fields in general, and only makes me want to stay away from your company and your product, and to encourage others around me to do the same.
3- They're genuine network engineers/technicians/admins doing that of their own, free will, without any outside pressure of any kind. I find that very hard to believe, because, frankly, they don't speak like any women I know in technical fields, judging by the words you put in their mouths. If anything, they sond like someone's idea of what Net Engineer Barbie might say. For one thing, the women I know in technical fields are markedly blunter (and sometimes crude) when interacting with their professional peers, and tend to mention specific, hard figures in their comments. But more to the point, even if that is the case, I find it demeaning to *me* that you're trying to wrap your product in cheesecake rather than let it speak for itself.
In summary, the most favorable opinion I get of your company, from your website, is "That product is crap, and we know it. Let's try to sell it instead by showing some gams and boobies." Sorry, buddies, it's not working.
Sincerely - Pau Amma
Tags: sharing the pain, thoughts, writing
From today's spam, offering me a loan at a "very reasonable rate".|
Here;s what it wants to see in an application:
Full Name :...... Location:...... Sex :....... Phone :.... MonthlyLongitude???
Income:...... Amount necessary :....... Longitude :...... Year
Tags: deconstructing spam
Got some spam for (probably) slave^Wcontract labor|
Most entertaining excerpts are the position categories:
[...]5. Laborers & LobstersI wonder what working as a lobster entails.
[...]22. Nurse; MIDWIVES and FEMALEHow are these related?
[...]30. Civil Foreman, 31. ForemanGlad they have options for uncivil foremen.
[...]39. Motor Re winderFor rubber band motors, presumably?
Tags: deconstructing spam
A tale of 2 skript kiddies|
So 2 weeks ago, stupid skript kiddie #1 sent the following to wp-hackers@ (because everyone knows that if it has "hackers" in there, it's for l33t h4x0rs):
my name is bayo am from nigeria and i realy need tools like cc ,mailer, how to get login into account and other tools pls put me thru and how to hacker into any account in nigeria or companies here.Today, stupid skript kiddie #2 replied to the list with a price list for fresh CC dumps.
List members had the expected disbelief-to-cynical amusement-to-fun at his expense. Not getting the joke, or maybe feeling fun at his expense was undeserved, stupid skript kiddie #2 objected as follows:
hey i am not joking hereSadly, one of the list admins then said recess was over.
On 23 March 2011 18:02, Gavin Pearce wrote:
> +1 for slim just left the building
> Kwalock - I do hope you're joking around.
Tags: mock the stupid, quotes, snarkage
Sorry, I didn't catch your name...|
From: Richard Branson
I write to request your co-operation in my desire to find a foreign
partner who will assist me in the relocation and investment of the sum of
Fifteen million British Pounds Sterling Only ,which is presently available
and in my possession. Tough i have not met with you before but I believe,
one has to risk confiding in someone to succeed sometime in life.
Presently, I am a serving government functionary in my Native Country. The
money was realized from gratification/kickbacks which were received from
foreign contractors who executed contracts for my country in the last 2
I am unable to travel out now, [rest snipped]
Tags: deconstructing spam, mock the stupid
Unclear on the concept|
I just got an investment scam email, and the URL I'm supposed to go to for more information is: http://10.8.49.15/hportal/VirtualPageView.jsp?page_id=777
(yes, a private address unreachable from the Internet)
Tags: deconstructing spam, mock the stupid
|Excerpts from a spam comment I got today:|
besides crop up fame the mungo pony version, [...] wanting or succinct sleeved pennies image polos, USA cache polos, and level a dip-dyed non-fiction of the jumbo ed hardy jeans [...] hour crack are websites that recommend the sale of polos from ed hardy bikini at an exact junior fee.What's dip-dyed nonfiction and where can I get some?
And there's more:
Four caducity ago, says Bernard Arnault, LVMH made a shaky proposal, citing superlative a takeover by lee jeans procreate and beverage conglomerate [...] ed hardy jeans was a juvenescence shareholder. If true religion jeans were controlled by a huge group appreciate LVMH, I would exit.juvenescence? true religion jeans? procreate and beverage conglomerate?)
Tags: deconstructing spam, quotes, silliness
This is disturbing on several counts.|
So I got the following picture (behind the cut) as an ad on some web page I visited a few days ago. I find it disturbing on several counts (below and behind the cut). Anyone wants to speculate on what the ad authors were smoking when they came up with that?
( Possibly triggery picture and text inside - apparent injuries or violenceCollapse )
Regardless of what caused the skin markings on the right half, the caption uses the female form for the adjectives - however, judging by the hint of a shadow on the chin and around the mouth of the left half, the person depicted is a male.
Tags: food for thought, pics, things that make you go hmm, what planet are you from?
Scammers are moving into microcredit?|
At least, that's how I interpret:
After the last annual calculation of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of 820.50 Rupees.(that's less than $20 at current exchange rates, I think)
Bank account holders at the Bank of India, will receive the money within 12 hours after filling the form.
Tags: deconstructing spam, silliness
More fun with spam|
Contact the Director of (FEDEX EXPRESS COURIER COMPANY)Fedex Express: when it absotively, posilutely must get there faster than FedEx can manage.
Tags: deconstructing spam, mock the stupid
The following was posted to firstname.lastname@example.org...|
HI GOOD EVENING ( I"m an idiot who thinks that just because a mailing list has "hacker" in its name it"s a skr1pt k1dd13 hangoutCollapse )I'm waiting for someone to say "xyzzy".
Tags: deconstructing spam, mock the stupid, quotes, sharing the pain
An intriguing offer, but I'll pass|
Mrs. Amira Dominguez 11:27 am From Mrs. Amira Dominguez - I NEED YOUR URGENT ASS...
Tags: deconstructing spam, things that make you go hmm
LJ Volunteers Trick or Treat 2008: the Pau Amma edition|
Background: LJ Volunteer Trick-or-Treat 2008
The links below all lead to one or more series of tricks and associated treats. Some or all of them may be inaccessible to you, because they're reserved to certain categories of current volunteers. If you don'(t have access to any, you can do the one at the end of this entry, if you're curious. (It's actually a duplicate of one of the options I linked.)
Tricks and Treats 2008 for support trainers
Tricks and Treats 2008 for supporthelps
Tricks and Treats 2008 for support admins
Tricks and Treats 2008 for all LJ volunteers or would-be volunteers
Trick for anyone curious about volunteering for LJ or wanting to know more: On November 1 or November 2, read FAQ 57 (How can I help?).
Treat for anyone curious about volunteering for LJ or wanting to know more: I will answer your questions about volunteering (or about my involvement with it) to the best of my ability. If I can't answer your question myself, I'll get someone else to answer it.
Tags: livejournal, lj volunteering, pimping
Radovan Karadzic was captured.|
I hope he pays for all his victims, one by one.
Current Mood: jubilant, burning hatred
Tags: news, people who deserve to die painfully
LiveJournal Advisory Board elections|
If you're not sure whether to vote, see http://community.livejournal.com/lj_2008/3645.html and http://news.livejournal.com/108365.html. Second link also has a list of candidates, linked to their positions on a number of issues, to help you make your mind on who to vote for.
To vote, go to http://community.livejournal.com/lj_election_en/25463.html.
( My own endorsements, if you"re interested or suggestibleCollapse )
Tags: livejournal, pimping
More fun with spam. And webcomics. And stuff.|
When I see spam with subject "lesbian training", I'm
a S*P strip involving Davan, Monette, and a newspaper
another S*P strip (see comment)
another (web or paper) comic (see comment)
something else (see comment)
nothing specific, it's just more $expletive spam
nothing, I don't get spam with that subject
Tags: deconstructing spam, polls, quotes, random observations, s*p
An open letter to Jason Shellen|
This is a copy of an email I just sent to Jason Shellen, about the way he announced disabling Basic accounts. Please do not repost, but feel free to link or quote shorts excerpts with attribution and a link to the original entry.
( Cut, because it"s longCollapse )
Tags: livejournal, psa, thoughts, writing
As of a few hours ago, you can no longer create Basic (free, ad-less) journals...|
If you would like to provide feedback either on the decision itself or the way it was (or rather, wasn't) announced, you should direct it to upper management, either by email or telephone or by postal mail. If you choose either way, try to be reasonably grammatical and articulate.
Whatever your opinion of it (and especially if it is negative) please do not send email to feedback@ or open a support request. These will go either to people who know what you have to say (and likely said it themselves already) or to people like me who would much rather deal with requests about actual problems using the site than with reactions to upper managements decisions and methods.
Thanks for listening.
Tags: livejournal, news, terminal stupidity, thoughts
Deconstructing spam subjects|
Earlier today, I got a spam with the subject line: "The World Most Effective PenisLonger", and I had a fun 10 minutes deconstructing it.
PenisLonger (or alternatively, penis-longer) can be someone who longs for a penis. In that case, are they longing for an effective penis, or longing effectively for one (either effective or not)? If the latter, does "longing effectively" mean that they obtained quickly what they were longing for, and were they wishing for one attached to them, attached to someone else, or not attached to anyone?
It could also be analyzed as an adjective (long) that was first verbed then made into an actor by adding the -er suffix. (Ie, what in more traditional English would be called a lengthener.) We all known since Bill Watson that verbing nouns is desirable, but this would be the first example that I know of of an adjective being verbed and the resulting verb nouned. Has anyone seen that before?
Tags: deconstructing spam, languages, silliness
RIP Benazir Bhutto, June 21 1953-Dec 27 2007
Tags: death, news
For those of you who haven't seen this elsewhere.|
If there is a feature of LiveJournal (the software - not the business) that you would love to use but can't, or have trouble using, because it's poorly designed, confusing, unreliable, or not worth using because it makes you jump through unnecessary hoops, what is it, how do you think it should work instead, and why?
Tags: livejournal, polls, psa
Do I want to know?|
Your Klein Bottle Hat is made of a scientifically balanced mix of 85 percent wool delicately shorn from contented Midwestern lambs, then blended with carefully selected 15 percent Mohair from grinning Angora goats in Texas (Goats have a lot to grin about in Texas).
Also, nilptr, zem, and The Marine At The End Of The Bar (among others) would probably enjoy this. (feel free to pass it on)
Tags: funny, quotes, silliness
For people in the Minneapolis area, or looking for news of friends in that area...|
http://community.livejournal.com/mnstf/94019.html (check the entry and comments if you're looking for news, or comment on the entry if you live in the area, or can report on someone who does)
I need about 300 comments on this entry|
(because I want to check something, and I need over 1000 comments on my journal for that)
This entry contains the strings http and see_request.bml for no discernible reason. It then rambles on for a bit, finally mentioning auth=foo auth=foo, but you only see the second one.
Of soulless corporations, abstract people, and concrete people|
Six Apart and its LiveJournal division aren't monolithic entities. They're made of people. Not just abstract people, or convenient, faceless people-shaped targets for accusations, or for mitigating statements or excuses such as "people are fallible, they sometimes panic and overreact or have lapses of judgement" (whether or not there's any truth to either accusations or excuses). They're concrete people. People that I have come to appreciate and enjoy in the over 2 years I have been associating with them, socializing with them, and working with them. Friends, in a few cases.
If any of you wondered why I sounded defensive or short-tempered in IRC discussions or journal comments this week, that is why, and I refuse to apologize for it.
Thank you for your attention.
Tags: friends, livejournal, lj support, rants
RIP Liviu Librescu, 1931?-Apr 17, 2007.|
He was dedicated to his students to the end.
Tags: news, tributes
|I vow to hold true to the principle of courage: to think and act clearly in the presence of fear.
Tags: food for thought, quotes, tributes
Life imitates art|
A mice time was had by all
Tags: animals, news, puns
Color me scared. Or something.|
As linked to from http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2006/11/more_voting_lin.html, comes this Wired.com gem. The best part is:
Proponents argue they can address specific security concerns of internet voting from an engineering perspective. [...] The susceptibility of home PCs to malicious code could be resolved with closed set-top boxes that only run open-source, verified and digitally-signed software. The large variety of ballots between counties, coupled with a potentially large sample of audit firms handling the elections, could also make a unified hack of national elections more difficult.Does no one remember http://cm.bell-labs.com/who/ken/trust.html anymore? :-(
Tags: politics, squick, things that make you go hmm
Following the outage earlier this month...|
Time extension for paid and permanent accounts.
(apologies to anyone seeing this a hundred times)
Tags: livejournal, psa
|Where was that teacher when I was in JH? :-(
Tags: languages, personal, quotes
First it was the Enterprise, then...|
Orion shall rise!
Tags: news, quotes, tributes
Join welovelj. You know you want to.
Tags: livejournal, pimping, tributes
|How is the solar system like a red, red wine?
Tags: flash crowd, funny, news, quotes
|The mayor of a New Jersey town took exception to a McD ad in Spanish, and wrote them requesting that the ad be taken down. The name of the town? ( C&C warningCollapse )
http://community.livejournal.com/ljtranslators/71169.html?thread=195585#t195585 (apparently rude, but not knowing any Russian, I'm not sure how rude - read at your own risk)
Tags: languages, quotes, writing systems
Jason: "Hank, I've got a question for you. See, we need to use a lot of blood for this show..."
Tags: quotes, s*p, webcomics
RIP Jim Baen (October 22, 1943 - June 28, 2006)|
Obit. by David Drake
Current Mood: Somber
Tags: death, news, tributes
A deserved tribute.|
Seen in idonotlikepeas' journal, passing it on with an addition.
I'd like to talk for a few moments about LiveJournal's Abuse Team, who are the first responders when there is a complaint of a legal or otherwise sensitive nature.I've filed one request to the abuse people. It wasn't to complain about someone or something: I needed to know whether something I was considering, and which I thought might be skirting the boundaries, was acceptable, and or needed changes to be. I was afraid the answer would be non-committal, full of weasel words, and content-free. Instead, it was clear, informative, and complete. From my work in support, I know how mind-numbing it can be to provide good answers to technical questions day after day. I can't imagine how harder it becomes when the questions dwelve on conflicts and behavior standards instead, or how tempting it is to dismiss or short-change a question that doesn't involve an emergency, or someone being hurt or at risk. To their credit, the person handling my request did neither. For which, much thanks. You know who you are, as I do. (I'm not going to give a name without permission, because this is a public post, and I refuse to provide trolls with targets.)
The Abuse Team does a hard, thankless, and vitally important job. It's not an exaggeration to say that this service would not exist if a group of dedicated people did not volunteer to be its combination police force and fire department. And what do they get in return for this? Money? Fame? No. They get the emnity of everyone they have to admonish or suspend, and of everyone those people can stir up. And all of those people seem to think that the best way to protest a law is to have all their friends dial 911 at the same time. And they can't respond the way they ought to be able to, because unlike those people they understand concepts like "confidentiality" and "professional ethics".
I, for one, am tired of the fact that you only hear about the Abuse Team when people are bitching about them.
So here's what I'd like to say to the Abuse Team:
Thank you. Thank you for making sure that our communities are not filled with spammers. Thank you for making it so that I can search for other users who share my interests without being exposed to hundreds of pictures of lacerated penises. Thank you for saving peoples' lives when things goes horribly wrong. Thank you for keeping my account from getting broken into. Thank you for not bending over for everyone that wants to use you as a club to beat down someone they don't like. Thank you for eating crap every day so I can tell the world what Lord of the Rings character some website thinks I am.
And if you agree? Copy and paste this entry into your journal. And, if you like, edit what I've said to include your own reasons for thanking the Abuse Team instead of mine. Let them hear something other than complaints for a while.
Tags: flash crowd, livejournal, quotes, tributes
http://mina-de-malfois.livejournal.com/ (through hitchhiker)
(bekithewitch and cmwinters will probably enjoy this one most)
Tags: funny, quotes, tributes, writing
|If Chaucer had a blog...
Tags: quotes, silliness
Feel free to link to the original, or pass along.
(And yes, this is the same one I mentioned in The Channel ThatShall Not Be Named a few weeks ago.
|Nice rant at the end there.
Tags: quotes, rants, tributes
As seen in linguaphiles|
I got 42%
Tags: flash crowd, languages, quotes
socket() to me|
Tags: funny, quotes
Unintended humor in street names - or is it?|
This news item (seen in tamouse's journal) reminded me of a street name over here that I find very funny. Well, not the name itself, which translates to something like "Social Welfare Avenue", but the fact that the street bearing this name is a dead-end.
Tags: random observations, things that make you go hmm
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